/ Key title The new blockbuster from one of the world's greatest storytellers continues where Unexpected Blessings left off in the latest act of the amazing Harte family story... / This is the final chapter in the extraordinary story of the Harte women and will receive much publicity attention / Just Rewards was a Number 4 hardback bestseller and spent weeks in the chart. / Emma's Secret and Unexpected Blessings featuring Emma Harte -- the original Woman of Substance -- reinvigorated Barbara Taylor Bradford's sales and profile dramatically / The novels featuring Emma Harte -- the original Woman of Substance -- are the strongest selling / Barbara Taylor Bradford commands sales and star status in ninety countries and forty languages with over seventy-five million copies of her books in print / Competition: Danielle Steel
Barbara Taylor Bradford was born in Leeds, and by the age of twenty was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. Her first novel, A Woman of Substance, became an enduring bestseller and was followed by nineteen others, most recently Unexpected Blessings. Her books have sold more than seventy-five million copies worldwide in more than ninety countries and forty languages, and ten mini-series and television movies have been made of her books. She lives in New York City with her husband, producer Robert Bradford.
Can this be, as advertised, the final episode in the Harte family saga? A Woman of Substance (1979), the story of Emma Harte's triumph over poverty and illegitimacy to found England's greatest department store, and its four sequels were huge bestsellers. Now Emma's great-granddaughter, Linnet O'Neill, must defend the empire and family against evil uncle Jonathan Ainsley. But words such as "granddaughter" and "uncle" don't do justice to the complexities. It takes four and a half pages of front matter to enumerate the Harte, Kallinski and O'Neill clans whose intertwining lives drive the saga. Emma's descendants offer a helping hand to new in-laws-and the reader-by uttering sentences such as these: "Through his great-grandfather, Winston the First, Emma is Gideon's great-great-aunt. But she is also Gideon's great-grandmother, because Emma was my grandmother." Weddings and funerals keep the local caterer busy and offer crescendos of activity, if scant emotion. Although Ainsley's malevolence hovers behind the story and leads to near disasters, there's never a doubt that the strong women will triumph-though not without struggle. Series devotees will take heart at the ending, which hints that Ainsley's evil will survive his death and the struggles will continue offstage even if Bradford lays down her golden pen. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Barbara Taylor Bradford: 'As much a force of nature as a work of fiction.' Washington Post 'The storyteller of substance.' The Times 'Queen of the genre.' Sunday Times 'Few novelists are as consummate as Barbara Taylor Bradford at keeping the reader turning the page. She is one of the world's best at spinning yarns.' Guardian
Wrapping up the Harte family saga; with a national tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.